A man named Thomas Wadhouse from Yorkshire became famous in the early 1700s because of a distinctive facial feature. That’s a schnozzle with a diameter of 7. Thomas Wedders, who has since passed away, is known posthumously as “World’s Longest Nose.”
CREDIT: THOMAS WADHOUSE
Wedder, a man with a large nose who was born in Yorkshire in 1730, worked as a sideshow and circus performer during the middle of the 18th century. Wedders had a 7.5-inch nose, around the size of a regular pair of kitchen scissors, an iPad mini, or more than four golf balls when lined up end to end.
Because of the lack of proof of his exceptionally enormous nose, Guinness World Records awarded him the title of “World’s largest Nose” posthumously.
There is a lot of mystery around Thomas Wedders and his peculiar look. An article in The Strand magazine made a passing allusion to the possibility that he is an “idiot” in one of the pieces it cited.
CREDIT: THE STRAND
But either his chin was too weak or his brow too low, or Nature had so spent herself in the effort of giving this prodigy a nose as to neglect to endow him with brains; or maybe the nose squeezed out this last item,” according to the excerpt from The Strand.
As far as we can tell, this Yorkshireman died with his nose intact, just as he had lived: in a state of mind that can only be defined as the greatest utter foolishness.
A wax replica of Wedder now resides at Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditoriums. It puts the snout’s size of 7.5 inches into perspective. What the tale’s origins were and whether they’ve been inflated with time.